Former US first lady Michelle Obama expressed confidence on Monday that the social progress made by having the first black couple in the White House could not be overturned.
During her talk, Mrs Obama also recalled her and President Barack Obama's visit to meet the Queen.
"So I had all this protocol buzzing in my head and I was like "don't trip down the stairs and don't touch anybody, whatever you do" and so the Queen says "just get in, sit wherever" and she's telling you one thing and you're remembering protocol and she says "Oh it's all rubbish, just get in". It's not always enough to lean in because that s-- doesn't work all the time".
She added: "People will literally take our voices, they will take the things from us that they like, the size of our hips, our style, our swag, it becomes co-opted but then we are demonised". On Saturday at the Barclay's Center, she shocked the crowd by speaking her truth about women and equality in the workplace, Newsweek reports. Most recently, the Becoming author gave an exclusive interview for the January issue of Good Housekeeping in which she revealed some of her biggest struggles - from lack of sleep to constant anxiety - while serving as the first lady.
"It's not always enough to lean in, because that shit doesn't work all the time", Obama said in response to the "lean In' mantra made famous by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg in her book by the same title".
The former U.S. first lady recalled worrying as she prepared to be picked up by the British monarch in her auto during a visit to Windsor Castle in 2016, reports the UK's Press Association.
Obama quickly apologised for swearing, New York Magazine reported. "What do you think, honey, should I roll up my sleeves?"
The former United States first lady Michelle Obama, who has written a book called Becoming. But women still carry most of the burden as caregivers for children and elderly parents, and between 2001 and 2015, only 28% of women worked persistently full-time, year-around.
'When I was younger, I often wondered whether this kind of obsessive thinking was unique to me and my girlfriends, but I realize now that it was something every girl feels, ' she said. "I go downstairs and open the cabinet in my own kitchen - which you don't do in the White House because there's always somebody there going, 'Let me get that". "I hope this book will plant the seed that we can change lives", she said.
"It did not really sink in that it was her", 11-year-old Emma said. I'm still that person to this day and I think it's because of my father's disability. "There was a generation of us who were told we could have it all and felt somewhat a failure when we knew we couldn't".